Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evil Knievel's Iconic Jumps

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Travis Pastrana successfully landed three motorcycle jumps in tribute to the legendary Evel Knievel.

His first jump was something of a warmup - a casual 143 feet over 52 cars stacked three to a pile.

Pastrana's then capped "Evel Live", a three-hour telecast on the History Channel, by clearing the fountain at Caesars Palace.

The 34-year-old action sports star vaulted over 52 flattened cars and 16 Greyhound buses in a vacant lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort before successfully landing a jump over the ornamental fountains at Caesars Palace - a stunt that almost took his predecessor's life on New Year's Day 1967.

Next up will be a re-creation of Knievel's 1975 bus jump - only Pastrana will attempt to clear 16 Greyhounds to his predecessor's 14.

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"Man it's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps", Pastrana said in an interview after the jump. He went headfirst over the handlebars, crushed his pelvis and fractured several other bones in the process.

In the age of social media and millions of eyes being on live events like this, it was surely health'n'safety-ed to the max. Pastrana didn't disappoint, though, as he flew 149 feet through the air to clear the fountain and thrill the attending crowd. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely one of the coolest things, the coolest thing I've ever been able to do". If you thought the result of the bus jump was bad, brace yourself. He also did so on a less-capable bike than he's used to riding, while wearing thick leathers, a cape (that he took off for the jumps), and platform shoes.

"This (jumping the fountain) is definitely the most technical".

This jump wasn't the longest out of the three, but it was the most technically challenging due to the limited space to reach the recommended jump speed of 70 miles per hour. The jump may prove even more hard for Pastrana because changes to Caesars Palace means he will have a shorter approach and smaller run-out area. Pastrana celebrated his success with a few burnouts and a dive in the fountain-it was a scorching 110 after all in Vegas. And to replicate the kind of bikes his predecessor jumped, Pastrana will do it on an Indian Scout FTR750 - not one of the much lighter motorcross dirt bikes typically ridden in the X Games events.

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